The Mid-Atlantic Messenger: July 26, 2012 (Issue 22)

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Staunton, VA
August 25, 2012
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Charleston, SC


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July 26, 2012 
The sky’s the limit!

By Lindsey Feldman

In the past, Vacation Bible School within the walls of All Saints’ Church in Woodbridge had been loads of fun, but a majority of the participants were from church families who heard the message of Jesus’ love each Sunday. And although many had invited friends, family and neighbors to VBS, most would not come, often because of the unfamiliarity of the church and the inconvenience of transporting the children. But in 2009, God spoke a new vision for VBS. He said, “Go and tell!” VBS was taken out from behind the church walls and held throughout the community. That first year there were 10 sites; the next year there were 15 and last year there were 20. 

Guess what God did this year?  He grew this important outreach to include St. Margaret’s Church, Woodbridge, Spirit and Life United Methodist Church, Woodbridge and established 28 local sites including two homeless prevention centers.  Additionally, he spoke to one All Saints’ family who took SKY VBS to the Sudan!  Isn’t our God GREAT?!

More than 150 parishioners of the three churches supported the local sites and served more than 400 children.  Eighty percent of the children attending were not affiliated with any of the participating churches.  Another 400 children heard the Gospel in Port Sudan each day and were treated to a breakfast which was funded by a “Breakfast in the Sudan” offering that members of All Saints’ and St. Margaret’s contributed to. 

How does this VBS model work? Parishioners offer to host VBS in their front yards in the morning, afternoon, or evening. Hosts include young families, empty nesters, singles and retirees. Hosts are supported by Bible lesson leaders and at least one host home assistant. To make all the VBS fun possible, teams of volunteers rotate through the sites to lead the children in crafts, worship and games. This particular format has worked beautifully each year, as the teams sweeping in offer new energy and the promise of something fun! The response from each community, as well as the churches, is overwhelmingly positive and supportive.  There is JOY in serving in this mission, and the heart of the model is taking the Gospel into the community, whether at one home or many. 

For 2012, the curriculum selected and modified for community Vacation Bible School was SKY VBS published by Group Publishing.  The “TRUST GOD” theme and the supporting Scripture:  “Everything is possible with God.”  (Mark 10:27) were in evidence all week.   Unique to 2012 was the opportunity to invite participants from all 28 sites to a “Give God the Glory” celebration event. Saturday evening with hundreds in attendance at the outdoor celebration which included food, face painting and moonbounces in the All Saints’ backyard, a special message appeared overhead for all to see.

Although children had learned throughout the week that in all circumstances, they can TRUST GOD, this message was particularly timely given the power outages and storm damage that the community and region had experienced.

There were dozens of testimonies throughout VBS and many are still being shared. Bible leaders praised God for children praying to receive Jesus as their Savior, host homes provided many examples of children sharing their new-found faith with their parents, and neighbors (often the most unexpected ones) came and expressed such gratitude for a wonderful week! VBS Sunday was overflowing with new families whose children had attended at one of the host home sites.

To learn more about what God did during VBS, you are invited to read the 2012 blog for SKY VBS at: or watch the VBS celebration video at  To learn more about how All Saints’ conducts VBS, please contact Children’s Ministry Director Lindsey Feldman at: or by calling the church office at 703-670-0093. To God be all glory and praise!

Lindsey Feldman is the Children's Ministry Director at All Saints Church, Woodbridge, VA.  Bishop Guernsey is on vacation. His column will resume with the August 8th issue.

Anglican Congregations step out in mission this summer

Summer is breaking out all over the diocese and congregations are actively reaching out in mission!  Please drop us a note and let us know highlights of your summer mission outreaches (and include photos too!). Here are some highlights on summer ministries around our diocese:

Children from the All Saints/St. Margaret's VBS this summer.

Mission to Green Leaf,Tanzania
June 20-July 5, 2012
Potomac Falls Anglican Church
Click here for info

Vacation Bible School
June 25-29, 2012
All Saints Church, Woodbridge, VA
Click here for info

Genesis! Arts Camp
June 25-29, 2012
Truro Anglican Church, Fairfax, VA
Click here for info

Global Engagement Trips 2012
July 1-August 9, 2012
The Falls Church Anglican, Falls Church, VA
Click here for info
  • Kenya (16 yrs and up) - July 1 - 14
  • Dominican Republic (family friendly, ages 13 and up) - July 21 - 28
  • Rwanda (anyone 16 and under must be accompanied by a parent) - July 7 - 21
  • West Virginia (family friendly, kids ages 7 and up) - July 8 - 14
  • Nicaragua (family friendly, ages 15 and up) - July 28 - Aug 4
  • Israel (current high school seniors and college students only) - July 31 - Aug 9
Feeding the Lifeguards
Duck and Southern Shores
July 5, 2012
Church of the Good Shepherd Nags Head
Click here for info

Restoration AFAC Farmers' Market Runs

Sundays, July 8-August 19
Restoration Anglican Church
Click here for info

Vacation Bible School
Thursdays, July 12-August 9, 2012
Church of the Redeemer, Camden, NC
Click here for info or call 252-337-7177

Outside the Office
Mill Mountain Coffee Shop
Thursdays 3:00-5:00 pm. 
Church of St. Peter and Paul, Roanoke, VA
Click here for info
What's the Point?
Summer study for all rising 6th-12th grade students
Wednesdays, July-August 2012
Christ Church Vienna, VA
Click here for info

Feria para la Familia (Family Fest)
Saturday, July 7, 2012
Truro Anglican Church, Fairfax, VA
Click here for info

Vacation Bible School
July 16-20, 2012
Church of the Apostles, Oakton, VA
Click here for info

Vacation Bible School
July 16-20, 2012
St. Paul's Church Anglican, Haymarket, VA
Click here for info

Vacation Bible School
July 23-27, 2012
Potomac Falls Anglican Church, Potomac Falls, VA
Click here for more info

Mission to St. Nicholas Orphanage, Kenya
Summer 2012
Church of the Apostles, Oakton, VA
Click here for info

Mission to Bolivia
July 24-August 6, 2012
St. Margaret's, Woodbridge
Click here for info

Vacation Bible School
July 30-August 3, 2012
Christ the King, Alexandria, VA
Click here for info

Vacation Bible School
Just 30-August 3, 2012
Church of the Messiah, Chesapeake, VA
Click here for info

Resident Camp
Camp Highroad, Middleburg
4th-Rising 9th grade
August 5-10, 2012
Church of the Apostles, Oakton, VA
Click here for info
Vacation Bible School
August 6-10, 2012
Church of the Holy Spirit, Leesburg, VA
Click here for info

Ghana Reading Camp
August 8, 2012
The Rev. Becki Neumann+
South Riding Anglican Church

Mission to Petion-Ville, Haiti
August 13-20, 2012
Truro Anglican Church & La Comunidad Hispana
Click here for info

Send us a note and let us know highlights of your summer mission outreaches (and include photos too!).

Local missionares thankful to serve in Uganda

By JoEllyn Fountain

It has been eight years since the three Fountains were sent out from Truro to Uganda Christian University (UCU) and those eight years has brought many changes to UCU and to us.

UCU has grown into an 11,000 student University across 5 campuses around Uganda and is training up Christian leaders in many fields in Uganda. Doug continues to serve as Deputy Vice Chancellor for Development and External Relations (a Vice President) and I have served in various informal roles in the past two years. Most notably for us, our daughter Alyssa has grown from ten year-old child into a University student—she will begin her first year at Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma, WA in August. 
We are grateful for the financial and prayer support we have received.  Truro has supported the development of UCU for over a decade with containers of goods, supporting various missionaries (like us) who work there, and parishioners visiting and supporting UCU. 
We are particularly grateful of the role Truro has played in the formation of Alyssa’s life in Christ. Through Truro Preschool, Children’s Ministries, VBS, and a host of people in her life, Alyssa had an amazing foundation when we went to Uganda that was later built upon. The Truro community is the “home” we remember in Fairfax and we thank God that the community and ministries of Truro will remain, regardless of the physical location.  THAT Truro will always be “home.”

JoEllyn Fountain is a missionary serving at Uganda Christian University.

Editor's Note: Earlier this month, the Rev'd Jessica Hughes from All Saints Woodbridge headed to Uganda to serve as an Assistant Lecturer at Uganda Christian University with SAMS - Society of Anglican Missionaries and Senders.  Please do continue to pray for the Fountains and Jessica and many others who are being sent out from the congregations in the Diocese of the Mid-Atlantic to serve God in the mission field.  To God be the glory!

Nominations open for elected diocesan offices

Click here for Candidate Questionnaire for Diocesan positions.

Click here for the Youth Delegates Candidates Questionnaire.

Youth Delegates:  
Four at-large youth delegates to the diocesan synod are needed from four different congregations or missions of the diocese.  Delegates will be appointed by the Standing Committee to serve a one-year term.

In addition, a total of 16 positions on Diocese of the Mid-Atlantic governing bodies and committees are slated to be filled at the diocesan synod October 12-13.  But before the first vote is cast, candidates must step forward to be considered for these important roles. 

Nominations are slated to be open until July 30, 2012.
Nominations are open for:
Standing Committee:  Two clergy and two lay three-year terms are open on the Standing Committee.  This body serves as the primary governing board for the diocese when the synod is not in session.
Committee on Constitution and Canons:  A total of three positions open to clergy and laity are to be filled.  Those elected will serve a three year term on this body responsible for recommending amendments to the diocese’s Constitution and Canons to the Synod.
Committee on Nominations for Bishops:  Three clergy and four laity are to serve a one-year term.  This “stand-by” body has no regular business except when the diocese is selecting a bishop.
Click here for Candidate Questionnaire for Diocesan positions.  To be considered, nominations must be returned to Heather Adams ( by July 30.

Music Focus: A Thousand Amens released

By Jamie Brown

"This may well be the only Anglican modern worship album on the market. It’s a good one. The Falls Church Anglican is one of those faithful congregations that refused to compromise the gospel and was forced out of its building. This album was recorded before they had to vacate their property. They sing a variety of songs, including several Sovereign Grace tunes, some hymns, and a few originals. I have especially enjoyed their cover of “Behold Our God” along with “Praise My Soul the King of Heaven” (and the amazing transition between the two)." -Tim Challies

How can a congregation lose nearly everything – its buildings, its property, and most of its money – but worship God with more unity and joy than ever before?

When that congregation knows that it has everything it could ever need in the precious cornerstone and sure foundation of Jesus Christ.

These songs are a taste of the vibrant, Christ-centered, Spirit-filled worship that has become a hallmark of The Falls Church Anglican. They were recorded in the Main Sanctuary over two evenings in early March, just two months before we vacated our property. This was the end of over 275 years on that campus but not the end of our church.

This recording captures the cry of a congregation that has learned and clung to the reality that Jesus is worthy of costly worship. And if that means we lose everything to gain Christ, then we say a resounding “amen”. So be it, Lord. We believe you’re all to us.

On Friday, March 2nd and Saturday, March 3rd at 8:00pm in the Main Sanctuary at The Falls Church 1,000 people gathered to lift their voices in praise to God, to celebrate his faithfulness, and to capture a sense of vibrant, Christ-centered, Spirit-filled worship. Musicians from The Falls Church and sister churches were joined by professional musicians from Nashville and L.A. to record a live worship CD.
Nine microphones were spread throughout the Sanctuary to help us capture the congregation's voices loud and strong. Our worship team, choir, and organ were all a part of all 14 songs and we were thrilled with how it all turned out.

Click here to purchase your copy.  To hear samples of the songs, click here.

Jamie Brown is Associate Director of Worship and Music at The Falls Church Anglican.

Summer Reading Review

By Emily Sharpe
'One Thousand Gifts: A Dare to Live Fully Right Where You Are"  by Ann Voskamp

Just days before my husband Rob and I married, one of my dearest friends told me about Ann Voskamp’s One Thousand Gifts: A Dare to Live Fully Right Where You Are. She recommended it to me, saying how the voice, the style reminded her of me. When I launched into the book headfirst a few weeks ago, the poetic lines reached me, pulled me in as I turned page after page.

The beauty of Voskamp’s prose was reason enough for me to keep reading, but her simple, pure premise starts with the idea of “eucharisteo,” thanksgiving. This book weaves through scenes of her life, sandwiched between fragments of a list she made of one thousand things that she was grateful for, starting simply with:

1. Morning shadows across old floors
2. Jam piled high on toast
3. Cry of a blue jay high in the spruce

While the list reminded me to pause, to savor the winsome world around me, the memoirs in Voskamp’s book include brushes with the ugly, fallen world. It is in these darker moments that the eucharisteo—the same word spoken as Jesus took the bread, broke it, on the night he was betrayed—proves powerful.

One Thousand Gifts both refreshed my soul and pricked my conscience to practice gratitude for the smallest gifts. And I am grateful for Voskamp’s creative, lyrical lines, like poems, broken, romantic, honing in on scenes that I might forget or overlook with fresh eyes, helping me see a new way.

Emily Sharpe is a member of St Brendan's in the City, Washington, D.C.

DOMACAST: Inspiring free podcasts now available

The Diocese of the Mid-Atlantic now brings insightful podcasts featuring a cross section of speakers from all walks of our Christian life.  Featured speakers include the Rev'd John Yates, rector of The Falls Church, noted author and speaker Dr. Os Guiness, Bishop Michael Nazir Ali, retired bishop of Rochester, Bishop John Guernsey, Bishop of the Diocese of the Mid-Atlantic, and panel discussions on Anglicanism and the future of the Church.
Called "DOMACAST" it is now available for download here (preview) or for free in the iTunes Store here.  You may listen to episodes online, download to your device, or subscribe.

The latest episode is Bishop John Guernsey's sermon from the Closing Eucharist of the ACNA Provincial Assembly in Ridgecrest, North Carolina.  For a direct link click here

Standing in the Gap: Intercessory Prayer Workshop

By Heather Adams

The Anglican Diocese of the Mid-Atlantic is excited to offer this workshop on Saturday, November 10, 2012, (10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.) at All Saints’ Church, Woodbridge VA.

The workshop is designed specifically for anyone who would like to learn more about intercessory prayer, and will cover such topics as: the Biblical basis for intercession, learning to pray and intercede as a small group, the importance of the intercessor under authority, holiness of life and intercession, and effective intercession in the local church.

The workshop will led by Rose-Marie Edwards-Tasker, lead intercessor and teacher in the Anglican Church in North America, and the Rev. Valarie Whitcomb, retired priest and teacher at All Saints’, Woodbridge. Plenty of opportunity will be provided for praying with others under the direction of experienced intercessors. 

There will be no charge for the event but donations for lunch would be appreciated. Registration will be required, however. To register click here or call Heather Adams 703-590-5470 for more information.

Heather Adams is the Registrar and Event Coordinator for the Diocese of the Mid-Atlantic.

Reaching out to the most-vulnerable in Haiti

By Carlos Pellot

A group of nine friends from Truro Anglican Church and its Hispanic congregation, La Comunidad Hispana, will be traveling for a week to the town of Petion-Ville in Haiti, east of the capital city Port Au Prince, in August, to volunteer at an orphanage called God's Littlest Angels. The dates are August 13-20.

All nine of us are preparing and awaiting this experience with much excitement. We are praying that the Lord allows us to see what he wants us to see and to do what he wants us to do. Our prayers, time and energy will be devoted to that effect. Although we are a small group of people, we are eager and willing. Although our time will be short, it will be significant.

I want to share of this experience with you before it happens because maybe at some point in time you might have put it in your heart to be a part of something like this. Maybe you still do. To serve those who are much more vulnerable than we are because of very unfortunate circumstances. That desire is seldom serve-serving. It is actually a desire, a longing, that springs forth from a deeper love than human love. Only a divine love will take us out of our daily circumstances and comfort so that we might bear somebody else's cross even if only for a little while.

So while you might not be joining this group of nine people who are going to Haiti, there is actually a very practical way in which you can join us in our mission to serve, care and love God's Littlest Angels in Haiti. We want to give them our full time and energy during that week that we'll spend there, but we also want to bring with us as many items as possible needed by the children of the orphanage.

To this effect, one of our team members has set up an online baby registry at which you can visit, see and purchase the items needed at the orphanage. To access our directory use first name 'Haiti' and last name 'Truro'. All of these items are not readily available in Haiti. There are currently over 150 orphans at God's Littlest Angels, so this is a simple way in which you can bless these precious children along with us. They thrive on massive amounts of love and they also thrive thanks to the generosity of people like you and me. Be it with just one item or as many as you desire, you certainly can make these children's lives better.

If you reside in Fairfax, where Truro Anglican Church is located, or in the vicinity of NOVA, we want to encourage you to use the online registry or to go directly to the store (it doesn't have to be Target) to purchase the items you'd like to donate. We are closing the registry on Saturday, August 4. We need your items at Truro by then so that we can start packing and shipping them before our departure. We have provided a huge blue storage bin in the Welcome Glass Covered Walkway at church for you to place the items.

If you reside far from Fairfax and NOVA and would like to donate an item through the online registry, just send a note to Emi Melean at indicating that you've purchased an item through the registry and we'll make sure to pick it up at the local Target.

If you prefer to ship your items to the church directly, our address is 10520 Main St, Fairfax, VA 22030. We ask you to make an effort to have your items arrive by August 4.

So whether you're far from us in Fairfax or close enough, you can be a part of this mission trip through your generosity. And even if you can't donate an item to the orphanage, there's another simple, yet powerful, way you can help us, and that is through your prayers. Would you pray for our team of nine members and our missions trip to God's Littlest Angels in Haiti? Please pray for our safety and also pray for the children at the orphanage and all those who care for them on a daily basis. Your prayers are actually the most effective way to join us and help us on this mission trip.

When we come back we will make sure to share the pictures and stories with all of you. Thank you in advance, dear friend, for taking the time to read this invitation to you, for your donation to God's Littlest Angels and, more importantly, for your prayers!

The Rev'd Carlos Pellot is the pastor of La Comunidad Hispana at Truro, Fairfax.

"An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure ..."

By Patrick Ware
Benjamin Franklin spoke these famous words as he was trying to educate people of his time in the area of fire prevention. In those days, there were few things like fire that threatened families, and business, and books! He once gave these words of advice:
"...carry coals from one floor to another in a closed warming pan. Otherwise, scraps of fire may fall in to the chinks, and make no appearance until midnight, when your stairs being in flames, you may be forced (as I once was) to leap out of your windows and hazard your necks to avoid being over-roasted".
Could this advice be applicable in our spiritual lives as well?  In the grand conclusion to the book of Ephesians, Paul uses his last ink to warn and to educate the people about the true nature of the opposition that they will face in life.

For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places.  -Ephesians 6:12   

This section of God's Word clearly indicates that we should consider all battles not as temporal, but eternal. There are no merely earthly struggles. All struggle and strife is spiritual. We have an enemy who is working against us and in order to be able to withstand what he will bring against us in life, we need to protect ourselves rightly.
If we can prepare ourselves in the right things (i.e. put on the right armor that is designed to fend off the spiritual attacks of the enemy) then we will be able to stand. An ounce of prayer can go a long way. Pray today, stand tomorrow.

The Rev'd Patrick Ware is rector of Winchester Anglican Church, Winchester, VA.  

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The Diocese of the Mid-Atlantic
The Rt. Rev. John A. M. Guernsey, Bishop; Editor: Mary Ailes
Editorial Staff: Heather Adams, Lynn Milograno; Contributors: Corrine Anthony, Kirsten Boyd, Jamie Brown, Kristen Colligan, Peter Frank, Bob Ragan, Robin Rauh, Dan Van Ness, Stanton Trotter, Jim Oakes, Clancy Nixon, George Keitt, Andy Morgan, Cherie Harder, Graham Walker, Anna Milograno, Dan Morgan, Andy Terry, Fredric Barrett, Carlos Pellot, Emily Sharpe, Patrick Ware.
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Save the Dates!

Wardens Gathering with Lunch
Saturday, September 15, 2012
9:30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Woodbridge, VA
More info

2012 Diocesan Synod
October 12-13, 2012
Deadline for churches to submit names of their delegates is THIS FRIDAY 7.13.2012
Woodbridge, VA
More info

"Standing in the Gap"
Intercession Training

November 10, 2012
10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
Woodbridge, VA
More info

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The Diocese of the Mid-Atlantic is a regional diocese of the Anglican Church in North America dedicated to reaching North America with the transforming love of Jesus Christ. The Diocese consists of 35 member churches in Virginia, Maryland, Washington, D.C. and northeastern North Carolina.